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John Kasich’s beliefs didn’t stop him from going to a same-sex wedding

During the GOP presidential debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich described himself as "old-fashioned" when asked about his stance against same-sex marriage, but said he would "love" and "accept" his daughters if they were gay. (Video: Fox News Channel)

Near the end of Thursday night's GOP debate in Cleveland, moderator Megyn Kelly asked John Kasich how he'd explain his opposition to same-sex marriage to a child who was gay.

"Well, look, I'm an old-fashioned person here, and I happen to believe in traditional marriage," the Ohio governor said.

He referenced his faith, saying, "Because somebody doesn't think the way I do, doesn't mean that I can't care about them or can't love them. ... God gives me unconditional love. I'm going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me."

In May, before the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriages in all the states, he said he'd respect the court's ruling.

"Ohio passed a constitutional amendment saying it is between a man and a woman," Kasich said, according to Talking Points Memo. "If it's changed and my friend invites me to a wedding my big question is 'Well, what time is it?' I mean it's a time to celebrate with people."